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laura: welcome back. our top stories this hour. scenes of carnage in bangkok, at least 15 killed and dozens .njured after a bomb explodes no one has claimed responsibility for the blast. people in tianjin expert here for their health -- in tianjin fear for their health. and violence flares up in eastern ukraine with at least 10 people killed in the latest fighting between government forces and pro-russian rebels. moscow is accusing ukraine of
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planning a major military offensive. first, though, bloodshed in the heart of thailand's capital, bangkok, where a bomb exploded as item a popular -- a bomb exploded outside of a popular hindu shrine. the government says the attack at the erawan shrine was intended to kill foreigners. is my wolf -- ismail wolff has the latest. : 123 people have been injured. an extremely devastating incident here in the capital, bangkok. the country is reeling from this last. -- blast. we will try to get more
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information on the numbers. clearly, a large number of people affected by this blast. it happened around 7:00 p.m., in the commercial district. a number of chinese, taiwanese tourists believed to have borne the brunt of this. the shrine is popular among east asians. it's also next to a busy intersection. many passersby also affected by this. the city is still reeling from it. laura: thailand is traditionally a very peaceful country. a lot of people will be asking is this linked to the recent political instability that has rocked the country. ismail: i think as often happens in these incidents, anywhere they take place, there is a lot of speculation. but it is clear this was meant to harm a great number of people. the political situation is extremely tense. there was a coup in may, 2014.
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that followed a previous crew in 2006 -- previous coup in 2006. there has been a lot of tension in the country as the military continues to rule with an iron fist. there is an insurgency in the deep south, which has been raging for many years now, over the last 10 years at least 5000 people killed and many more injured in daily attacks. but very unusual for any kind of to take of that sort place in the capital. also, it has been speculated that this could be something to do with foreign-policy issues. uighurs were00 returned to china where they may face torture. there is some speculation as a great number of chinese were injured. we have no real details to put any kind of real picture of who may be behind this last. the police say hold on for now
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and they will look into it. it is hard to see who could benefit from this. benefit, will not because they will be seen to be not being able to hold security and hold a stable city. opposition, people linked to the government ousted in the coup of 2014, it really does not put them in a good light. a lot of questions to be asked. we will wait to hear from the authorities. laura: ismail wolff speaking to me earlier. people in the city of tianjin are demanding compensation from the government after their homes were destroyed in a massive explosion at a chemical plant last week. some feel beijing is not providing enough information. as the cleanup continues, many are fearful about the long-term risks to their health. reporter: inspecting the charred
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remains. job -- to determine whether the area has been contaminated. >> we pick up all the degree we can find in order to analyze them -- the debris we can find in order to analyze them later. reporter: over 700 tons of sodium cyanide were stored in the plant before the explosion. there are fears of contamination with smoke still billowing. they are using china's most advanced monitoring equipment to provide precise and regular updates on surrounding air quality. chinese authorities have evacuated residents in a three-kilometer radius. commuter took a tour of the blast site. >> i reckon there won't be any long-term effects. he went to the scene and did not
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wear any protection. if the country's premier was not afraid, then us normal people should not be either. reporter: so far, monitoring efforts have yielded encouraging results. cleanup teams must act quickly. rainfall coming into contact with the chemical waste could still produce and spread toxic gases in the area. laura: in indonesia, bad weather has forced teams to abandon efforts to find a plane that crashed on sunday. the plane came down with 54 people on board in an eastern province. wreckage has been spotted from the air, but the search will be put off until tuesday. reporter: scattered across the densely forested mountainside, these are the first glimpses of what indonesian officials believe our debris from the crash -- believe are debris from the crash. ererch teams' efforts w
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hampered by bad weather. >> the helicopter and other aircraft deployed to search the area have been forced to return. the flight was with 54g from jayapura people on board, including children and babies. it was also carrying 420,000 euros worth of cash destined for remote villages as part of an official aid program. lost contact plane with air traffic control minutes before it was scheduled to land. indonesia's president voiced his regrets at the latest air disaster. >> i express my deepest condolences for the accident. we pray for the passengers and crew who were on board. reporter: indonesia's agent -- aviation industry plagued by frequent accidents. a number of its airline
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companies are blacklisted by the eu for their poor safety record. according to the online database, aviation safety network, the plane had been in service for 27 years, the average age of the airliner's fleet of 14 aircraft. trigana has had 14 serious incidents since it started in 1991. laura: quilts are being counted following elections -- votes are being counted following elections in malaysia. rajapaksa -- in sri lanka. rajapaksa does enjoy widespread support, but many accuse him of corruption. results are expected on tuesday. last ditch are underway to find a peace deal in south sudan -- last-ditch efforts are
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underway to find a peace deal in south sudan. united nations will impose sanctions if an agreement is not in place by monday. here is a look back at what has been happening in the world's youngest country. --orter: december, 2013 president salva kiir. there was an attempted coup d'état. andy a group of soldiers under the former vice president. ir's claimdespite ki that the government had put down the coup attempt, the violence continued. south sudan quickly spiraled into civil war. the conflict has been marked by widespread atrocities, including ethnic massacres and rapes.
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human rights groups have accused both sides of committing war crimes. tens of thousands of people have been killed. more than 2 million have fled their homes. at least seven cease-fires have been agreed and then broken within days. the latest round of talks began on august 6. this time, pressure was high from international mediators. u.s. threatened sanctions if a deal was not reached by monday. as late as sunday, salva kiir was deeply skeptical. >> it cannot be signed. even if we signed today -- reporter: kiir said it was impossible to strike an effective deal because rebel forces had fled. of armed- dozens groups operate in the country. at stake, social reforms.
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plagued by violence since its independence, south sudan remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with some areas on the brink of starvation. egyptian president has brought in tough new laws. police antiterrorism forces will be given new powers. anyone found guilty of setting up a terrorist organization will face the death penalty. critics fear the new laws will be used to crush any criticism of the regime. israel has offered to free a prisoner on hunger strike, but only on the condition that he moves abroad. hasear-old mohammed allan fallen into a coma after refusing to ingest anything but water since june. sincehas been in jail november, 2014. his lawyer has refused israel's offer. oliver farry has the story.
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oliver: israel supreme court will decide whether to free mohammed allan. the portrait of petition on monday to him on health grounds -- the court heard a petition on monday to free him on health grounds. israel had offered to release allan if he agreed to leave the country and not return for four years, but his lawyer rejected the offer. she did see the court's position as a positive move. >> we need to see what offer they will have. i think that we take it as a very positive issue. issuing an order is very important. it means the supreme court is ready and willing to hear us and that we have a case. 63rdr: allan was on the day of hunger strike on monday. he is being treated at this israeli hospital.
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his father accuses the israeli government of keeping the family and their doctors in the dark. >> views on artificial representation -- he is on artificial respiration, in very serious medical condition. no medical experts have been allowed to visit. my son is in the doctors' hands. it makes me worry. i don't know what they are doing to him. oliver: mohammed allan is one of several islamic jihad members to go on hungary's -- on hunger strike while in israel. the supreme court will give its verdict on wednesday. laura: fighting has started up again in eastern ukraine, with at least 10 people killed --ween -- infighting between at least 10 people killed in fighting between government forces and pro-russian rebels.
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nearly 7000 people have been killed since fighting broke out in april, 2014. will hildebrandt has more. william: it was some of the most intense fighting the eastern ukraine had seen in months. heavy shelling overnight in a government-controlled village. >> enemies started shelling. the shelling lasted 20 minutes, hitting the village center. two people were killed and six others wounded. oliver: official said the two people killed were ukrainian soldiers. a military base was hit and believed to be the target of the attack, but more than 50 houses were also damaged. god, whatgod, oh, my did they do to my home? i just bought everything. william: rockets had not been so close to more youthful -- to
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mariupol since january. fighting also broke out outside of donetsk. the violence strained an already fragile cease-fire. ukraine admits to strengthening its defenses for the past two months -- past few months, fearing that russian backed rebels will launch an offensive of their own. some government fighters said that the overnight fighting may have been the first wave of that offensive. they said they could hold back the separatists, unless the russian army joins in, it will -- in which case they believe they would be greatly outmanned and out powered. anda: we can go to mariupol gulliver cragg. more violence today. accusations are flying once again. how is ukraine responding to
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russia's allegations that it is preparing for a major offensive? he gave an interview where he clearly stated that ukraine was absolutely not preparing for an offensive. he said that ukrainian forces were in a defensive position, but that they considered they had the rights to use all means necessary to repel any attack coming from the side of the russian backed separatists. it seems that is what ukrainian forces have been doing. both sides seem to be using the whole of the front line, weapons that, according to the minsk cease-fire agreement, weapons that should have been withdrawn from the frontline, even a missile launcher. the ukrainian line, for months, has been that they do not plan to try to retake the regions currently controlled by separatists by force. they don't think they are in position to do so, but they are trying to strengthen their defenses and to protect mariupol
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, which everyone fears the russian-backed forces may try to attack. laura: the russian president, vladimir putin, in a controversial visit to crimea, the territory annexed from ukraine in 2014. kiev not happy about that at all. president petro poroshenko said it was an affront to the international community, which has not recognized the annexation of crimea by russia. ukrainians said this is not about promoting tourism, which is the ostensible purpose of the visit, but more about reaffirming russian power in the region. crimea and -- posters of putin -- crimea had, before the visit, posters of putin's face. but crimea is largely in crisis because of the annexation.
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before that, 80% of tourists were ukrainian. now, most ukrainians are not choosing crimea as a destination. more russians have been traveling to crimea, but hotel managers say that it is far from being enough to make up the difference. laura: all right, gulliver. thanks very much. gulliver cragg reporting from ukraine. 49 migrants have been recovered from the mediterranean sea, believed to have suffocated in the hull of a fishing boat. a quarter of a million people fleeing war and poverty in the middle east and africa have arrived in europe this year alone. more than 2300 have drowned trying to make the journey. hundreds have had to flee their homes in washington's date as -- washington state as fast-moving fires raged across the region.
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dozens of homes in idaho have also been destroyed. fire crews are using helicopters and bulldozers to attack the fires, which are being made worse by record high temperatures. a reminder about headlines this hour. scenes of carnage this monday in bangkok, where at least 16 people have been killed and over 100 wounded. a bomb exploded outside a popular hindu shrine in the thai capital. no one has claimed responsibility for the blast. people in tianjin, china, are fearful for their help as government experts continue to clean up after an explosion -- for their health as government experts continue to clean up after an explosion last week. interesting ukraine -- in eastern ukraine, at least 10 people have been told in the latest fighting -- have been killed in the latest fighting. moscow says that ukraine is preparing a military offensive,
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something kiev categorically denies. let's get the business news now. starting with a record order for airbus. for 250 a320order aircraft. the deal is worth around $26.5 billion. it's a more fuel-efficient aircraft and will allow the company to keep its fares low. reporter: making aviation history again. india's low-cost carrier indigo has ordered the largest single batch of new aircraft from airbus. it wants to hundred 50 single aisle -- wants 250 single-aisle a320 planes. shortly after the sector's biggest order of the time.
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india has ordered 530 aircraft as it builds towards its goal of 1000 jets. so far, they have all been airbus a320 planes. the neo is a more fuel-efficient version and has become the fastest selling jetliner in history. ceo,ding to indigo's saving on energy will allow more low-cost fares while also helping the airliner to continue to expand. indiaer: let's stay with where the sale of fighter jets has hit some turbulence. paris and new delhi are struggling to agree on terms of the sale. india is asking for technical modifications of the jet. both sides are rendering over the cost of each plane. in april, prime minister -- both wrangling over the cost of each plane. we were told that discussions
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were ongoing and, for now, no delivery date has been set. let's get a check of aftermarket action. a mixed picture. the cac 40 up 6/10 of 1%. indigo's record order sent airbus 1% higher at the close. the london ftse totally flat. all thenited states, main indices are in the green at this hour. the dow jones up 4/10 of 1%. the nasdaq up 7/10 of 1%. a price war has broken out in the u.k. it is over the plummeting price of milk. farmers for action have staged eye-catching protests, forcing some supermarket chains to announce they will pay british farmers more per liter of milk. herd in south
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wales will be a casualty of the dairy crisis. the former has half the number of cows and will sell the rest -- has halved the number of cows and will sell the rest by year's end -- end. >> prices have crashed. it has made it unsustainable to keep milking cows here. reporter: the company won't give up without a fight. he and other farmers are force thehis to supermarket to pay more for the milk it uses for cheese. after three hours, tesco agrees to talk, the latest in a string of concessions. >> i think the campaign is going extremely well, but i think the thing that shocked everybody is that young farmers, the next generation of our industry, are coming out with a loud voice and saying we will not put up with what our fathers put up with. reporter: the headline-grabbing
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protests are changing the relationships. >> essentially, the farmers have won. or at least the farmers have had a massive impact in securing a better deal for themselves than iny hvae in -- they have past disputes. reporter: here in cardiff, the farmers union hands out cheese and milk to persuade people to products.y-produced >> we are willing to buy it. but they are not getting the deal. reporter: the government and farmers union discussed the crisis. they have taken the action straight to the retailers. norway's oil fund says it will exclude 400 asian companies from its investments due to environmental risks. the decisions on ethical matters
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are closely watched by other investors. daewoo and genting have been dropped. excluded based on environmental risks posed by palm oil plantations. others include rio tinto. "the new york times" blew the lid off the work culture at amazon, describing it as "a bruising place to work." it tells of a company where employees work long and late, those battling health problems are given lower performance ratings, and workers are expected to tear one another part. chief executive jeff bezos says the article does not describe the amazon he knows or the colleagues he works with every day. a bit of trouble at amazon. laura: it signs like it -- it sounds like it. reporter: it does seem like a
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challenging base to work -- challenging place to work. no laughter can be heard. laura: it does not seem like the way to get the best out of people. reporter: the company pushes them to work harder,úññ÷?÷?ñ;
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